Incident Summary:

06/08/2020: Assailants shot and killed Ajay Pandita, a Kashmiri Pandit village sarpanch, near his residence in Lok Bawan, Jammu and Kashmir, India. The Resistance Front (TRF) claimed responsibility for the attack, and stated that the victim was a "political stooge" and a "collaborator" who worked alongside India. Sources also attributed the attack to Hizbul Mujahideen (HM).




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Jammu and Kashmir

Lok Bawan

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Anantnag district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Government of Lukbawan
Specific Description Sarpanch: Ajay Pandita
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) No
The Resistance Front (TRF) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Hizbul terrorists killed Congress sarpanch, says J-K Police chief," Hindustan Times, June 9, 2020.
"Kashmiri Pandit Sarpanch shot dead by militants in Anantnag," Early Times (India), June 8, 2020.
"TRF claims responsibility for Kashmiri Pandit leader''s killing," Outlook India, June 8, 2020.